9 students rusticated five months after protesting ‘debarring fine’

Notice states students were expelled for “inciting the students against the university, preventing the students from attending end term examination and misbehaving with senior faculty”. Students allege they have been victimised for protesting against an ‘unjustified debarring fine’ of ₹2,300

noida Updated: Oct 06, 2017 23:37 IST
Vaibhav Jha
Vaibhav Jha
Hindustan Times, Greater Noida
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Nine students of Galgotias University in Greater Noida who have been rusticated for protesting against 'debarring fine'.(HT Photo)

Greater Noida: A controversy has erupted at Greater Noida’s Galgotias University after nine students have been rusticated from the institute.

The students allege they have been victimised for protesting against an ‘unjustified debarring fine’.

But the university says the students were allegedly involved in acts of hooliganism.

Explaining the row, a rusticated student, Abhishek Beniwal, said, “Galgotias has set a minimum attendance of 75% in every subject for students to appear in exams. Then the university started charging ₹2,300 for each subject as ‘debarring fine’ from every student to issue admit cards.”

In the first week of May, students held a mass protest against the fine. The row put the university on the back foot and it agreed to not charge any fine for providing admit cards, students said.

Mass communication student Asim Zaidi, 20, was among the scores of students who protested. On Tuesday, Zaidi and eight others were expelled by the university for ‘indulging in gross indiscipline’.

The notice dated October 3 stated these were expelled after being found “involving in inciting the students against the university, preventing the students from attending end term examination and misbehaving with senior faculty and staff on 4th and 5th May 2017(sic).”

“I have no future if I don’t get a degree. I fought for the rights of students and today I have been thrown out,” said Zaidi, a final-year student of Bachelor in Journalism and Mass Communications.

Zaidi and his friends had even invited Satinder Awana, former Delhi University Students Union president, to garner support.

University vice chancellor Renu Luthra, denied all claims. “All allegations by the rusticated students are baseless. They have been involved in hooliganism and brought outsiders inside the campus. All evidence is present on youtube,” said Luthra.

The students have approached the district administration, threatening to ‘end their lives’.

“The issue is five months old when they had protested against a certain fine. The students’ careers are at stake and we will talk with the university. If they don’t listen, we might have to approach the UGC,” said additional district magistrate Kumar Vineet on Friday.

First Published: Oct 06, 2017 23:33 IST